Getting Michael Sauer healthy will greatly improve the Rangers' defense. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Michael Sauer And Others Healthy By The All-Star Break?

Injury news continues to improve with the New York Rangers. Yesterday at practice, the trio of Michael Sauer (concussion), Steve Eminger (shoulder), and Jeff Woywitka (foot) all skated in non-contact jerseys. Nothing monumental or anything to indicate an imminent return however, especially considering Sauer’s injury, being healthy enough to even skate means you’re on the right track to recovery.

However, it’s a comment by the head coach that has me thinking all three players could be back on or slightly after the All-Star break at the end of this month.

Find out what the comment is after the jump. 

This from the duo of Howard Kussoy/Larry Brooks at the NY Post:

Defensemen Michael Sauer (concussion), Steve Eminger (shoulder) and Jeff Woywitka (foot) practiced yesterday, leading Tortorella to acknowledge, “there will be some decisions to be made” around the All-Star break.

John Tortorella would know more than anyone the status of his injured players and how well/not so well they’re progressing in their respective rehabs. We’ve found out recently that Sauer’s post-concussion symptoms have been gone “for a while” and he’s been able to participate in light workouts. The initial prognosis for Eminger was 8-10 weeks post-surgery, making a return post-ASG an early one. Woywitka’s foot injury may not be as serious as Torts has kept his D intact due to strong play but it may be his foot is just not responding to any medical treatment. All signs are pointing positive at the moment.

Torts’ cryptic comment that he’ll have decisions to make around the break indicates a very strong possibility that all of his defenseman could be back and healthy for a playoff push, giving the Rangers their intended defense from the very beginning. With nine healthy defenseman, the Rangers will have some serious roster decisions to make, but that’s for another day and article.

To listen to Tortorella’s post-practice quotes click here

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